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TOPC meeting, Ispra, Italy, 25-27 June 2002


The Terrestrial Observing Panel for Climate (TOPC) is a group of scientists with expertise in climate change issues. The TOPC supports the work of the Global Terrestrial Observing System (GTOS) and the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) which jointly carry out activities aimed at improving the understanding of climate change processes in terrestrial systems and potential impacts on mankind. The sixth session meeting of the TOPC panel will be held from 25-27 June 2002 at the Joint Resource Centre in Ispra, Italy.

TOPC and GCOS is preparing the 2nd report on the Adequacy of the Global Climate Observing Systems for the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC.

The 2nd Adequacy Report is an important opportunity for our community to place its concerns, priorities and solutions for terrestrial observations before the Parties to the UNFCCC and to seek support for the long-term observations that are needed. Whilst not adopting the full Intergovernmental process of the IPCC Assessments, the report will adhere to the overall philosophy and will be prepared in close consultation with the IPCC and the wider science community.


GTOS, GCOS and the JRC have invited the international community of TOPC members to attend the meeting. See provisional list.


Ispra, Italy.

Ispra is a small town on the shores of Lake Maggiore, Northern Italy. The Milan Malpensa airport is a 30-minute drive away.


The Global Terrestrial Observing System and the Global Climate Observing System secretariats, as well as the Joint Resource Centre, will sponsor the workshop.

Hotels in Ispra

**** Le Terrazze Hotel
Lago Maggiore - Ispra
tel +39 0332 782523
fax +39 0332 780908

**** Ispra Relais Hotel
Lago Maggiore - Ispra
tel +39 0332 987891
fax +39 0332 784679

Registration information required of participants

In order to ensure a prompt pick up from your arrival point and an entry permit into the JRC please send the following (addresses listed below).

Complete itinerary
Place and date of birth
Passport number, including place and date of issue

Please complete the following "Payment Instruction Form" and send it to GTOS. This completed form is required before the meeting in order for GTOS to reimburse you for your expenses. In addition, please send your complete itinerary.

JRC logistical coordinators


GTOS logistical coordinators


Useful phone numbers

Municipal Center: 0332.780.545


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